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  • Courses

    NUCLEAR ISSUES: STRATEGY, TECHNOLOGY, AND POLICY This is a two-term course comprised of a research component and a classroom component. In this course, students will study the history of the U.S. nuclear weapons enterprise, analyze how the DoD has arrived at the current state of affairs, examine the Report on the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review, and
  • Faculty

      MR. AL MAURONI – DIRECTOR Mr. Al Mauroni is the Director, U.S. Air Force Center for Strategic Deterrence Studies. In this position, he oversees education and research in counter-WMD policy and nuclear deterrence operations at the Air War College. He has more than 30 years of experience in Department of Defense (DoD) countering weapons of mass
  • Strategic Plan

    VISION To become the Recognized DoD leader in integrating education, research, and critical thinking on unconventional weapons policies and operational practices.MISSION Develop Air Force, DoD, and other USG leaders to advance the state of knowledge, policy, and practices within strategic defense issues involving nuclear, biological, and chemical
  • Professional Reading

    The attached reading lists represent a starting point for both junior and senior officers, as well as other interested parties, to learn more about the DoD nuclear enterprise, arms control, chemical-biological defense, and homeland security. These lists do not represent a complete bibliography of professional readings, but rather are intended to
  • WRITING FOR CSDS

    The issues are organized as a sub-set of the Air University's FY13 Strategic Issues List, and include selected topic areas from the USAF Institute for National Security Studies' FY15 list of research topics. If you are interested in publishing on a specific topic for the CSDS, this list provides a starting point.Prior to submitting a manuscript,
  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of Deterrence and Assurance Missions: AY17 Strategic Deterrence Research Papers, 2017

    Evaluating the Effectiveness of Deterrence and Assurance Missions: AY17 Strategic Deterrence Research Papers, 2017 Edited by Dr. Todd Robinson and Al Mauroni, USAF Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL  The Air University Deterrence Research Task Force, composed of Air War
  • NPR Next: AY17 Strategic Deterrence Research Papers, 2017

    NPR Next: AY17 Strategic Deterrence Research Papers, 2017 Edited by Dr. Mel Deaile and Al Mauroni, USAF Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL  The Air University Deterrence Research Task Force, composed of Air War College and Air Command and Staff College students, developed a
  • Strategic Deterrence Research Papers, 2016

    Strategic Deterrence Research Papers, 2016 Edited by Dr. Mel Deaile and Al Mauroni, USAF Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL The Air University Deterrence Research Task Force, composed of Air War College and Air Command and Staff College, developed these papers on strategic
  • The Shaping of United States Biodefense Posture, 2015

    The Shaping of United States Biodefense Posture, 2015 Authored by Douglas Lewis, USAF Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL  This work conducts a historical analysis utilizing a congruency/process tracing test designed to determine the level of influence that behaviors
  • Chemical and Biological Warfare Overview, 2015

    Chemical and Biological Warfare Overview, 2015 Authored by USAF Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL This primer offers a basic level of understanding on the threat of chemical and biological weapons and how the U.S. government develops its response to their potential
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